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Colorado Springs Entrepreneurs Group February 2010 Meetup

Written by  Mike Schmidt

Colorado Springs Entrepreneurs Group February 2010- Meeting Agenda: (Draft 1)

1. "Gettin in the Mood" - Food and Refreshments, Socializing, Introductions - - 25 Minutes (Group)
-- Food Sponsor - Ensemble Ventures, LLC

2. CSE Group Membership News and Internet Updates - 5 Minutes (M. Schmidt - Meetup & NING)
-- Org Site, Ning Site, Meetup Happenings, Policies/Procedures


3. Special Guest Business Speaker - 30 Minutes

Mr. Steve Baker, Director/Host DaVinci Institute's Startup Junkie Underground


About Steve:
Steve Baker is a founder of successful businesses, a corporate executive and business advisor with proven leadership in every phase of business cycle from startup to exit. He directs strategic marketing and business development and has taken companies from startup to millions of dollars in revenues. He is a Senior Fellow of the DaVinci Institute, a futurist think tank, and host of the Startup Junkie Underground.

As a public speaker, Steve shares his contagious enthusiasm to educate and inspire startup businesses and university students. Steve is passionate about business and life, and lives in Colorado where he is an avid poor golfer.

Steve's Talk:
What would you do when you do everything right...and it all goes wrong?  So, when was the last time you met a guy who was sued for $1.4 Billion?  Well, I’m that guy and I’ve written my story about living the American dream.  My book shares the fun, excitement and pure exhilaration of building a successful company.
BookSteve shares the fun, energy, and excitement of creating an extremely successful travel company from scratch.  In less than a year from going public, the company had grown to over 300 travel agencies and $500 million in revenues and included major business partners like Kmart and Playboy enterprises. But, after tremendous success, Steve also shares the shock, pain, and deep despair as he watched helplessly while the company and his life vaporized before his eyes.  There is a right way and a wrong way to fail.   It all begins and ends with ethics, and ethics should not be situational. For an idea of what you have in store visit Steve's website:

BREAK (5 Minutes)

4. "QuickPitch" - "Off The Floor and Off the Cuff" Entrepreneur Sales Pitch - 1 Minute Each
-- Volunteer Pitches from Members who are seeking capital, seeking help, seeking customers, etc.
-- No reservation needed. If you want to make a "QuickPitch" - Bring it On !

5. 1st Guest Start-up Entrepreneur(s) - 5 Minute Pitch - 5 Minute Q&A
Mr. Mark A. Jehning of Acuity Dynamics
Guest Entrepreneur Bio:
Mark is the Founder and CEO of Acuity Dynamics LLC based in Colorado Springs, Colorado. For the past 15 years, Mark has specialized in improving business competitiveness using Business Process Optimization (BPO), Corporate Performance Management (CPM), and Change Management (CM) techniques to assist client companies in improving enterprise-wide business processes in order to significantly improve customer satisfaction, throughput, productivity and quality with emphasis in product development and order-to-cash business processes
Mark's Talk:
This is Mark's second presentation to the CSE Group and he will update us on his progress over the last year and resent his Company Acuity Dynamics and his enterprise software services concept to the CSE Group seeking seed investment, software development support, strategic partnerships, and alliances.
Mark will also introduce Daniel R. Cronin (The Chief Marketing and Sales Officer at Acuity Dynamics) to the CSE Group who will be on hand to answer questions about Acuity Dynamics, its products and go to market strategy. For a more detailed overview of the complete Acuity Dynmaics team go here.
6. 2nd Guest Start-up Entrepreneur - 5 Minute Pitch - 5 Minute Q&A
Ms. Lori McAfee - (e-mail only)
Lori's Bio:
After nine years with Hewlett-Packard and ten additional years as a consultant and web–based project manager, Lori consults and executes on web projects and manages a popular online classroom. Concurrently, she coaches teams and executives to reach and sustain higher levels of success and to create repeatable, high-performance behavior patterns.
Lori's Talk: Relationships 101
Ever wonder why that sale never happened even after giving your very best presentation? Or why you can't seem to get off the ground with a potential customer? Maybe you could benefit from a 'relationship tune-up' to bring to light the obstacles that are getting in the way of your healthy business relationships. When everything else seems to be in place, look inside to see what mysteries are still holding you back.
CSE Group Business Happenings:

7. Small Business Funding Developments:
--3Ci Collaborative Community Capital Program - Mike Schmidt - 5 Minutes
----- Triad Alternate Energy Partners Program Update
--Seed Capital Fund Update
----- Program Update "Velocity Innovation Partners"
8. InSide/OutSide Your Business - 5 Minutes
-- Tips and Techniques
-- Mike's Stack-O-Stuff
9. Introduction to our March Meetup Surprise !
-- We are going to be Publically Launching a Book Live at the CSE Group meeting with a special guest speaker you will meet.
-- Opportunity to participate in the process for CSE Group members will be possible
10. Group Discussions / Q&A
-- Final Wrap !

Formal Meeting Ends (8:00PM)
Open Discussions/Small Group Meetings (8:00- 8:45PM





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